Q: What equipment did you use throughout your trip?
The Nikon D5, Nikon D850 and the new Z 7 mirrorless system meant that whatever the shot or situation, I had the camera body to match. It’s no surprise that my trusty D5 was perfect for the extreme kite surfing shots - in my opinion, this camera is unbreakable, with its 153 focus points and 99 cross-type sensors meaning it can keep up with any speed of shooting.
The Nikon D850’s 45.4 MPs of image quality was my go-to for the wildlife shots. In fact, I used an underwater camera protector to help me capture the emotions and details of the animals from both above and below the water surface. There isn’t much this camera can’t do.
This was the first opportunity I had to really put the new mirrorless Z 7 system to the test, and I have to say, the similar ergonomics to DSLRs meant it was really intuitive to use. It was lightweight and quiet, and the image quality was seriously impressive, both for capturing small details but also in wider images. In fact, its ISO capabilities are just as good as the Nikon D850, which I didn’t think could be possible!
Lens-wise, I took a mixture of fisheye (the AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D and AF-S FISHEYE NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED), zoom (AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR) and prime (AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G), as well as the new NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens, which was awesome. My go-to lens, however, is always the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR - it just never lets me down.